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Yoga was developed in India an estimated 5,000 years ago as a philosophy and practice for achieving a balanced state of body, mind, and spirit, leading to optimal functioning or thriving. The word yoga essentially means union and is derived from the Sanskrit word "yuj," or to yoke, referring to the union of the individual and the Divine.
While hatha yoga is the most common form of yoga in the West, the practice of asanas (postures) constitutes only one branch of an eight-limbed path outlined by the Indian sage Patanjali an estimated 2,000 years ago in the Yoga Sutras, a guidebook that provides the inspiration for most of today's yoga practices.
In addition to asana, which is the third limb of the yoga path, the other seven limbs include yamas (ethical restraints), niyamas (spiritual observances), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (absorbtion). Pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, and samadhi can enhance and be incorporated into a hatha yoga asana practice with attention to slow and deep breathing, inward focus, and finding the edge of stretch or effort without pain, strain, or fatigue. Click here to read more… You can start practicing yoga at any stage of life or level of physical fitness. A steady and dedicated yoga practice, done at the appropriate level, improves your health, encourages you toward mental and emotional peace, and imparts invaluable physical and spiritual tools to cultivate an overall sense of joy and well-being. Click here to read more…